If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Nothing screams summer in Montreal louder than outdoor festivals. And even though Montreal is well-versed in outdoor festivals, you can never have enough, TBH.
Thankfully, Avenue Mont-Royal is here to quench your thirst for super fun outdoor events.
Other than a sidewalk sale - which ends at around 11 PM, btw, so prepare to get your shopping on - La Foire Commerciale De L'Été will also feature artists (doing things like personalized calligraphy and temporary tattoos), DJs, games, and more.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
A 17-year-old young man has died following gunfire in the Plateau-Mont-Royal Thursday evening, Montreal police confirmed Friday morning. It was the city's first homicide of 2022.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant told MTL Blog that authorities received a 911 call about gunshots heard on rue Roy near rue Rivard at around 7:00 p.m. Officers found the teenager with a gunshot wound to the upper body when they arrived.
Brabant said the 17-year-old was conscious while en route to the hospital but was later declared dead. He was not known to police.
The SPVM major crimes unit is investigating and officers have gathered statements from witnesses. As of 9:00 a.m. Brabant said it was still unclear how many shooters there were. Investigators are reviewing local surveillance footage. There have been no arrests so far.
Crime scene technicians had been collecting information and photos within a perimeter at the scene of the crime, but Brabant confirmed the SPVM lifted the perimeter Friday morning.
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The pressure on La Tulipe has potentially eased off a little bit after the venue's court date for a dispute involving a neighbouring residential complex was moved to March 2022. Plateau-Mont-Royal borough mayor Luc Rabouin announced the news on Facebook, detailing that the venue and the real estate company have agreed to a sit-down to find a possible solution out of court.
"The court hearing that was scheduled for next Monday has been postponed until March, allowing the parties involved to sit down and discuss solutions," Rabouin said.
On December 14, La Tulipe posted a plea for help in its conflict with a real estate company that built residential units nearby. After a series of noise complaints and fines, the real estate agency filed an injunction against the music venue, a move La Tulipe said could potentially force it to shut its doors.
Intense public outcry followed, with Montrealers bemoaning the potential loss of yet another cultural institution thanks to real estate development. The city's administration got publicly involved shortly after La Tulipe's post went viral.
At a press conference, Rabouin admitted that the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough made a mistake by issuing a residential building permit near La Tulipe and claimed his team had already been involved in talks with both parties. He has promised the city will do everything it can to protect the venue.
"The cultural vitality of the metropolis and the Plateau is an asset that must be preserved, and we are clearly committed to this path," Rabouin wrote on December 20.
"Our administration attaches great importance to the quality of life of every citizen who chooses to live in our neighbourhoods. Of course, we believe that this must be done by making them attractive for their residents and viable for those who promote and present culture there."